Art Spiegelman on the Lasting Power of ‘Maus’

February 17, 2022 | 1 book mentioned

At Vulture, Art Spiegelman discusses his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel, Maus, which is back in the news after being banned by the McMinn County Board of Education in Tennessee. He elaborates on why he never intended his work to be an educational tool for children with a tidy, easily acceptable ending. “I never wanted Maus to be for children,” Spiegelman explains. “I wasn’t doing it in the context of, ‘I’m going to teach people to be better; I’m going to teach people that they should learn about the Holocaust because: Never again.’”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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